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Coal and metal mining job opportunities soar

Anthony Lynham Annastacia Palaszczuk Rio Tinto
Anthony Lynham Annastacia Palaszczuk Rio Tinto

There are now more chances of finding work at Queensland mines than at the same time last year, new figures have revealed.

The latest labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a 12 per cent jump in resources jobs in the Sunshine State compared to the same period in 2018.

In the past 12 months coal mining jobs jumped by almost 20 per cent to about 30,000 positions while metal mining roles soared by 70 per cent to around 15,000 jobs.

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Continuing support for industry

A total of 70,000 people are employed across oil, gas and other mining industries thanks to the State Government’s continuing support for exploration and development.

“Employment in the sector remains dominated by coal mining at 42 per cent, metals at 24 per cent and exploration and support services at 22 per cent,’’ State Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said in a public statement. “In the past four years, we have attracted more than $20 billion worth of new investment in resources and created more than 7000 jobs.”

Money flows to high growth areas

Some of these investments include $39 million in a strategic blueprint for the state’s North West Minerals Province, $3.6 million in the Collaborative Exploration Initiative to support exploration for cobalt and $19 million to kick start the hydrogen industry.

“The North West Minerals Province has the potential to become the ‘cobalt capital’ of Australia—a mineral which is critical in the production of mobile phones, wind turbine generators and electric cars,” Lynham said. “With Adani having approval to mine, it’s up to them to live up to their claims and provide regional jobs.’’

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